Checking on the Arts
Sat May 5, 2012
The Memphis Repertory Orchestra's 2012-2013 Season
The Memphis Repertory Orchestra just wrapped-up their 2011-2012 season with a concert at First Congregational Church.
Music Director William Langley talks about this concerts, as well as some things to look forward to from the MRO during their 2012-2013 season.
Twenty One year-old Langley has been zealously active as a conductor, educator, and instrumentalist in the Mid-South community for the better part of a decade. His enthusiasm for conducting and the collaborative experience has propelled him to found and direct organizations like the Wolf River Chamber Orchestra, and more currently, the Memphis Repertory Orchestra.
Langley regularly presents concerts with these organizations throughout the year to give back to the community everything that music has offered him throughout his life. In addition to performances from the podium, William also participates as a trumpeter in other local orchestras like the Eroica Ensemble and the Germantown Symphony Orchestra, as well as pit orchestras for beloved musicals such as The Sound of Music, Bye Bye Birdie, All Shook Up, Annie, and The Drowsy Chaperone.
Currently Langley is pursuing an undergraduate degree in music history at the University of Memphis’ Rudi E. Schiedt School of Music, where he studies piano with Ms. Joan Gilbert. Also at the university, Langley is under the tutelage of Dr. Pu-Qi Jiang, conductor of the University of Memphis Symphony Orchestra and head of the Orchestral Conducting program.
Ever restless in his academic pursuits, Langley also regularly studies with Maestro Michael Gilbert of the Eroica Ensemble of Memphis, an organization of which Langley is the Managing Director.